Junior Custodian

VACANCY: Library Junior Custodian

The Watertown Free Public Library seeks a Junior Custodian. This position is full time (40 hours) and includes evening and Saturday shifts. The hourly wage is $19.63 an hour.  

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Caitlin Browne, Assistant Director, at wfpljobs@watertown-ma.gov (preferred) or via post to 123 Main St. Watertown, MA 02472. Position is open until filled.

Job Description


The Junior Custodian performs manual work in connection with the care and maintenance of the public library buildings, surrounding grounds, and related equipment; other related work, as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Performs a variety of custodial duties, including mopping, vacuuming, dusting, waxing floors and changing light bulbs; opens and closes buildings; cleans and stocks restrooms.

  • Sets alarms; responds to calls from the alarm company and resets the alarm when necessary.
  • Turns on heat or air conditioning.
  • Prepares rooms for meetings and other events; moves and sets up furniture.
  • Empties barrels; sweeps walks; empties book drops.
  • Picks up mail and makes deliveries.
  • May remove snow and ice.
  • Performs similar or related duties as required, or as situation dictates.


Works under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director, requiring the ability to follow an established schedule and complete assigned tasks.

Work Environment

Some work is conducted indoors; outdoor work entails exposure to extreme weather conditions; some exposure to fumes associated with standard cleaners and noise associated with cleaning and maintenance equipment; on call for alarm responses.

  • The employee operates standard cleaning and maintenance equipment, hand tools, and an automobile.
  • The employee has limited contact with the general public and department staff.
  • Errors could result in personal injury and damage to buildings and equipment.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High school diploma, or equivalent; experience in custodial and maintenance work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements

Valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator’s license

Knowledge, Ability and Skill

  • General knowledge of cleaning materials and methods and the building trades.
  • Mechanical aptitude; ability to use hand tools for repairs and maintenance; ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Basic building maintenance skills.

 Physical Requirements

Moderate physical effort required to perform duties; most work requires standing and walking. The employee is frequently required to move or lift books, boxes and furniture weighing up to 30 pounds and use hands to operate tools and equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read documents and operate motor vehicles.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.